Currently Testing – Dermaceutic From


Anyone who reads my blog on the regular already knows I’ve been really upping my skincare game lately.  As a beauty blogger I’m constantly being introduced to new skincare products – some reach holy grail status quite quickly, and others unfortunately don’t make the cut.  It’s difficult for me to ‘stick’ to a specific skincare routine (and I suspect that’s why my skin hasn’t been in tip-top shape lately) because I feel it’s necessary for me to test different skincare products before I can recommend certain brands / products to you, my readers.

I’ve sussed out a couple of new skincare products recently, after being introduced to SkinMiles just over a month ago.  I was very keen to start testing the Dermaceutic products they sent to me immediately, but at the time I was testing 4 products from a different brand as part of a skincare campaign.  It has been a couple of weeks since the campaign came to an end, and so I’ve started testing my new Dermaceutic products (I’m 1 week into my new routine).  As I’ve mentioned previously, I like to test skincare products for AT LEAST 3 to 4 weeks before I write up a review, so today’s blog post will mostly be a type of introduction to both SkinMiles and Dermaceutic.



Dr Alek Nikolic is the founder of SkinMiles – a South African online store that delivers the highest quality skin care products directly to your door.  In case you don’t know how Dr Alek is – he’s a very well-known aesthetical practitioner who has performed over 20 000 cosmetic dermatology procedures to date.  Most targeted skincare products require a doctor’s prescription, but thanks to SkinMiles you can now order the best quality skincare brands from an expert doctor online.  What I really love about the SkinMiles website, is that they offer a FREE online ‘Face2Face Consultation’ – this is basically a comprehensive in-depth online skin consultation with Dr Alek Nikolic himself.  After completing a few short questions, you attach a photograph of your bare face, and Dr. Alek will advise you on the best skin care products for your specific skincare needs / concerns.  You receive the benefits of consulting with an aesthetic medical practitioner (Dr. Alek responds to you personally), but from the comfort of your own home.  While I was completing my Face2Face Consultation, I was wearing my PJs and nibbling on a couple of Digestive biscuits…imagine doing that in the Dermatologist’s waiting room.  Haha!

SkinMiles stock exclusive skincare products ranging from doctor-only dispensed products to leading over the counter products.  Some of my favourite brands on the SkinMiles website are Dermaceutic, Filorga (I love their Skin Perfusion Cleansing Oil), SkinCeuticals (their Retexturing Activator is amazing), and of course Vichy.

All deliveries within South Africa are free (they send your parcel straight to your door), plus you earn ‘Miles’ with each purchase – adding up to money off your next online purchase.  When I received my parcel, everything arrived in a beautiful red box filled with polystyrene nuggets to protect the products (one of the polystyrene pieces even had a cute little smiley face on it).  The box also has a seal sticker on the opening that says ‘Do Not Open If Seal Has Been Broken’.  I think that’s pretty neat, since it protects us (the buyers).

The folks at SkinMiles are extremely helpful, and you are more than welcome to contact them via various methods to ask them advice on product recommendations etc.  Here are the different ways you can contact them:

♥  Shop Assistant.

♥  Free Skin Assessment.

♥  Phone their SKIN ADVICE HOT LINE at 021 797 0960 and have a chat with their trained skin therapists Sam, Carolette, or Vashnee.

♥  Email Dr Alek directly at:

Dr Alek was very kind, and offered to send me a handful of Dermaceutic products to target my specific skincare concerns i.e. hyperpigmentation, texture, and fine lines & wrinkles.  As mentioned, I completed my ‘Face2Face Consultation’ and after looking at my photo, he sent me the following feedback:

“I had a close look at your photo & your skin concerns, and this is what I can see: Some rough textured skin mostly over the forehead, nose, cheeks and chin.  Visible pores also mostly over the forehead, upper cheek, and nose.  Pigmented spots and freckles, plus uneven skin tone and a combination skin picture between the classical T-zone that extends to the chin and cheeks and what looks like a normal skin type with the remainder of the face.  From an ageing and cosmetic perspective I also see a mild tear trough (just below the eyes), mental crease (groove above the chin), a very mild melomental fold left more visible than right (corner of the mouth) and some mild fat loss over the cheek area.”

Dr Alek then recommended 4 Dermaceutic skincare products that will target these various skin concerns: Advanced Cleanser, Hyal Ceutic, Activ Retinol 0.5, and C25 Cream.  Before I start chatting about these skincare products, I’d like to give you a bit of background on Dermaceutic as a brand (as I haven’t reviewed many of their products on the blog before).  I’d like to mention that I have used their products in the past, and really REALLY enjoyed the Dermaceutic Turn Over Rejuvenating Cream (night moisturiser) and the Dermaceutic Regen Ceutic Restorative Skin Recovery Cream.


Dermaceutic is formulated in a dynamic and innovative French laboratory, promoting non-invasive aesthetic techniques.  With over 20 years’ experience, Dermaceutic creates both homecare skincare products as well as specialty peeling products for medical professionals.  For the sake of this blog post, I’ll be focusing more on their homecare range of skincare products, which offers specialised treatment products to purify, stimulate, restore, protect, prevent, and target various skin concerns.

You can take a look at their extensive range of products here.

Did you know? Dermaceutic was one of the first cosmeceutical companies to develop products using ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, stabilized vitamin C, and glycolic acid.

As mentioned earlier, I’ve been testing the below mentioned products for just over a week now and will be sure to write up an in-depth review on each product after 4 weeks.  For today’s blog post, I’ll introduce you to each product and will provide a bit more info on the active ingredients contained in each product.


Advanced Cleanser Expert Cleansing Foam  – This daily cleanser removes makeup and excess sebum to give skin a clean, fresh and hydrated feel.  Recommended for all skin types (including sensitive and dehydrated skin), the cleanser contains a combination of high performance cleansing agents, selected for their optimal skin tolerance properties.  A unique hydrating complex helps keep skin soft, supple, and comfortable.

Active ingredients: Xylitol (an anti-dehydration agent which promotes and controls water flow, and improves the appearance of skin micro relief for perfectly hydrated and smoothed skin), Zinc (an anti-seborrheic active that improves the appearance of oily skin and has an anti-microbial action, helping skin to regain clarity), Urea (an optimal moisturising agent for the epidermis which removes flakiness from the skin’s surface and restores suppleness) and Glycerin (a hygroscopic substance of vegetable origin which provides a hydrating and protective film and removes scales from the skin’s surface).

Retails for R550,00 here.


Activ Retinol 0.5 Age Defense Serum – This is a medium strength Retinol serum that improves the appearance of skin texture and also reduces the appearance of signs of skin aging.  Retinol is recommended for improving the appearance of loss of skin tone, wrinkles, fine lines and dull complexion.  Since this is a medium strength Retinol, it is suitable for normal, combination, oily and sensitive skin types.  The formula contains a combination of high performance actives including skin restoring ceramides and cholesterol, hydrating actives Panthenol and Allantoin, and unique energizers containing essential minerals.

Active ingredients: 0.5% Retinol Complex (repairs and protects damaged- and dry skin, whilst stimulating the renewal of skin cells), 1% Pure Vitamins C & E (with renowned antioxidant properties, this combination of vitamins combats the signs of photoaging and limits their appearance), and 1% Ceramides, Panthenol, Allantoin and Mineral Cocktail (hydrating and nourishing actives reinforce the skin barrier and intensely hydrate skin).

Retails for R950,00 here.


Hyal Ceutic Intense Moisturising Cream – This moisturiser provides essential nutrients to keep the skin hydrated all day.  The formula helps prevent the signs of prematurely aged skin and combats changes in the skin, thanks to a highly concentrated combination of low- and high-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid, which is recognised for its repairing, lipid-replenishing, protective, and hygroscopic properties.

Active ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid (the low molecular weight penetrates skin deeply to ensure suppleness and firmness, whilst the high molecular weight has a protective and hygroscopic role on the skin’s surface), Aloe Vera (soothes the skin, reduces inflammation, and stimulates production of collagen to combat skin aging), Jojoba Oil (creates a non-oily moisturising layer on the skin surface, relieves sensitive epidermises, and protects the skin from UV rays) and Vitamin E (renowned for its antioxidant properties, this vitamin also combats the signs of photoaging).

Retails for R710,00 here.


C25 Cream – This day cream is highly concentrated in antioxidants which contribute to prevent damage from free radicals.  The formula contains 25% stabilised Vitamin C, as well as various other Vitamins to combat oxidative stress, and protects the skin from premature aging.

Active ingredients: Vitamin C (a powerful antioxidant that reduces the signs of skin aging), Vitamin A (improves the structure of the skin and combats wrinkles, fine lines, uneven skin texture, and hyperpigmentation), Vitamin B5 (reduces water loss and keeps the skin smooth and elastic due to its moisturising properties), Vitamin E (renowned for its antioxidant properties, this Vitamin also combats the signs of photoaging) and Polyphenols (naturally present in plants and fruit, Polyphenols combat the action of free radicals and preserve the integrity of the skin’s collagen).

Retails for R750,00 here.

My preliminary findings are as follows: I’m very happy with how the products have made my skin FEEL (it’s difficult for me to comment on how my skin looks, because although the active ingredients usually start to work immediately, the benefits will only be visible after at least 4 weeks).

My skin feels soft, smooth and comfortable.  I have used Retinol products in the past, so my skin didn’t go through the ‘adaptive phase’ and I also didn’t experience any peeling or discomfort that sometimes go hand-in-hand with incorporating a Retinol into your skincare routine.   I’ve received A LOT of requests to write a blog post on Retinol (what it does, how it works, where to find it), so make sure you read my follow-up blog post.

I highly recommend you take a look at the SkinMiles website if you’re looking to invest in top quality skincare products.  I might sound like a broken record, but I want to emphasise just how important it is to start looking after your skin as early as possible (you can start using Retinols in your mid-twenties already).  The makeup you apply will only ever look as good as the canvas underneath – no amount of foundation or concealer will ever be able to cover up texture and / or fine lines and wrinkles.  Better yet, I’d love to have youthful, radiant-looking skin that doesn’t NEED to be covered up with makeup – that’s the ultimate beauty goal, right?

Remember to check back in on the blog in about 4 weeks’ time to see how my skin got along with these 4 new products in my skincare routine – as always, I’ll be sure to include ‘Before’ and ‘After’ photos.

Happy Monday, everyone – I hope you have a productive week!



  1. Taylor
    26 September 2016 / 13:46

    Wow, I didnt know about the Skinmiles online store. Ive always wondered where to get skincare products that are not available at your normal retailers (and I dont want to have to go to a dermatologist). So glad to see there is a place where I can buy everything I need online. Ever since I started reading your blog, Ive really started looking after my skin. Thanks, Luzanne.

    • 26 September 2016 / 19:34

      Hi Taylor glad you have come across us now. We have a full team to help you including myself, a skin customer help line with trained skin therapists and a logistical team to help with any delivery queries. Kind regards Dr Alek Nikolic

    • Luzanne
      30 September 2016 / 10:09

      You’re most welcome, Taylor – so happy to hear I’ve inspired you to start taking better care of your skin. 🙂

  2. Ronel Marais
    26 September 2016 / 14:47

    Excited to see your 4-week results 🙂

    • Luzanne
      30 September 2016 / 10:09

      Me too! 😉

  3. Lila
    26 September 2016 / 15:37

    I would love to see your reviews. Although my skin is dehydrated, I still struggle with clogged pores over my nose and forehead especially. I have given up on facials because no matter how well they clean my skin / pores, with the next facial they are just all back. I dont want to use something too harsh 🙁

    • Luzanne
      30 September 2016 / 10:10

      Thanks for leaving a comment, Lila (I love your name by the way). Retinol will definitely help with clogged pores, but I’ll chat about all that in the next blog post. 😀

  4. Wardah
    26 September 2016 / 15:38

    Thanks for introducing us to these products Luzanne

    • Luzanne
      30 September 2016 / 10:10

      My pleasure, Wardah. 🙂

  5. Mary-Anne
    26 September 2016 / 15:40

    I would love to start using retinol but I have no idea if it is okay for my skin type, I have normal skin with dehydrated areas. I look forward to learning more about retinol. 🙂 I always go and buy your recommendations, so if this retinol works for you then I will most definitely get it.

    • Luzanne
      30 September 2016 / 10:11

      Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and leave a comment, Mary-Anne. I’ll be sure to write an in-depth blog post about Retinol in the next update post. 🙂

  6. Shanita Ruddick
    26 September 2016 / 16:06

    I like the sound of that hyaluronic acid moisturiser, my skin is so dry so it would benefit from something like that. Thx for telling us about skinmiles, going to have a look at their website now. XO

    • Luzanne
      30 September 2016 / 10:12

      You’re welcome, Shanita. 😉 xo

  7. Kelebogile
    26 September 2016 / 17:49

    Love ur photos, L 😀

    • Luzanne
      30 September 2016 / 10:12

      Thanks so much, Kelebogile. 🙂

  8. 26 September 2016 / 20:28

    I’ve seen these products advertised often so I’m quite keen to see your review 🙂

    • Luzanne
      30 September 2016 / 10:13

      Thank you for checking in on the blog, Chantal. 😀

  9. Veronique
    26 September 2016 / 20:36

    Super duper excited to read your followup review, I want to invest it good products for my skin but you never know which ones really work. You are the only blogger whose judgement I trust, so if you end up recommending these products then I’ll buy them from Skinmiles.

    xo, Veronique

    • Luzanne
      30 September 2016 / 10:13

      So true – it’s often difficult to decide on which products to use because there are so many to choose from.

      Thank you so much for the amazing compliment – I really appreciate it. 🙂 xo

  10. Henriette
    26 September 2016 / 20:38

    Kan nie wag om jou resensie te lees oor ‘n paar weke nie. Ek het al so baie wonderlike goed van Dermaceutic gehoor, maar het nooit geweet waar om hulle produkte te koop nie. Dankie, Luzanne.


    • Luzanne
      30 September 2016 / 10:14

      Baie dankie, Henriette – ek is netso bly mens kan nou Dermaceutic produkte online by SkinMiles koop. 😀

  11. R Fourie
    26 September 2016 / 21:13

    I am also excited to see your 4-week results 🙂

    • Luzanne
      30 September 2016 / 10:15

      Thank you for checking in on the blog, Reonette. I hope you have a lovely weekend! 😉

  12. Marlize J
    27 September 2016 / 10:40

    I’m so happy to hear I can find dermatologist approved skincare online now, such good news! x

    • Luzanne
      30 September 2016 / 10:16

      It is, isn’t it!? Plus there’s the added benefit of having an aesthetic medical practitioner’s consultation literally at your fingertips. 😉

  13. bonang
    27 September 2016 / 10:59

    Will Retinol work on dark skin tones as well?

    Thanks for this blog post, Luzanne.

    • Luzanne
      30 September 2016 / 10:17

      I’ll get Dr. Alek to answer that for you! 🙂

    • 30 September 2016 / 15:36

      Hi Bonang thank you for the question. Retinol will have effects on all skin types. The darker the skin tone the greater the collagen and elastin so in theory retinol will have a better effect. You can expect to see an improvement in pigmentation, pores, oil production, and fine lines and wrinkles. I Hope this helps.

      • Luzanne
        30 September 2016 / 17:54

        Thank you for replying to Bonang, Dr Alek. 🙂

  14. Sharell
    27 September 2016 / 15:33

    Been using Dermaceutic products for years, they have the best quality skincare I have used to date. Excited that I can now buy their products online, thanks Luzanne 😀

    • Luzanne
      30 September 2016 / 10:17

      You’re so welcome, Sharell. 😉

  15. Vanessa
    1 October 2016 / 13:23

    Sounds as though they are amazing products!

    • Luzanne
      3 October 2016 / 13:43

      They really are! Thanks for commenting, Vanessa. 🙂

  16. Lee
    3 October 2016 / 10:57

    Hi Luzanne,
    I’ve heard you mention in one of your videos that you have hyperpigmentation. Is there a product that you’ve used that you can recommend? Also, what is a good sunscreen to use under makeup that won’t be too oily for my tzone?

    • Luzanne
      3 October 2016 / 13:51

      Hi Lee – are you on a budget? Just so that I know if I can recommend high-end of more affordable products for your hyperpigmentation.

      In terms of a sunscreen – I use the Avene Very High Protection Emulsion SPF50+, it’s the best I’ve ever used! Perfect for combination or oily skin because it’s lighweight and gives the skin a natural matte finish (unlike the old-school SPFs that leave the skin looking oily & shiny). You can purchase Avene skincare products at selected Clicks stores. 🙂

      • Lee
        4 October 2016 / 09:15

        Thanks Luzanne for taking the time to reply. ☺️ I would prefer mid range priced products but if there is something high end which is really good then I’ll be okay with that.

  17. Grace
    3 October 2016 / 11:14

    Someone didn’t do their research properly, referring to Dr Alek is a Dermatologist when he’s not .. that is EXTREMELY irresponsible. What if he mis-diagnoses a serious skin concern? Dr Alek should also read over the Health Professions Council guidelines ie. the governing body for all Doctors. Doing online consultations and diagnosing people over the internet is not allowed … Oh-uh.

    • Luzanne
      3 October 2016 / 13:41

      Hi Grace – I think you misread, I definitely did my research properly. 🙂 I never said Dr Alek is a dermatologist – I said he’s an aesthetic medical practitioner. I only said imagine doing the TYPE of consultation he does (answering questions about your skin) while you’re in your PJs and eating a biscuit at a dermatologist’s office.

      I’ll get Dr Alek to reply to you with regards to diagnosing individuals online. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment though. 🙂

    • 3 October 2016 / 18:11

      Hi Grace thank you for bringing this to my attention. I must agree with Luzanne in that she never wrote I am a dermatologist. For the record I am a medical practitioner with a special interest in aesthetic medicine and i have worked with the cosmetic side of medicine for the last 12 years. Regarding the regulation I will 100% check with the HPCSA regarding giving assessments on someones skin type such as combination skin, sensitive skin, etc.
      The Face2Face we offer online is in my opinion an improvement on the online skin assessments the other online skin stores are offering as they only rely on a few questions that need to be answered before prescribing skin care products. I tried to take it one step further to offer a consumer the ability to send a photo so a more accurate assessment can be made before prescribing a cosmeceutical. This was put in place to protect a consumer as much as possible so my apologies if you feel that we have achieved the opposite. I by no means give medical advice or prescribe scheduled medicines online and in fact always refer if necessary a consumer to their family doctor. As a medical doctor I have taken an oath to do no harm and this is always first and foremost in any answer I give.
      Thanks again for bringing the above to my attention and I hope my answer has helped alleviate your concerns
      As mentioned I will check with the HPCSA and let you know as soon as I get a response from them
      Kind regards
      Dr Alek Nikolic

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